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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 30, 2014
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September teal season bonus for hunters

Aug 28, 2014

Iowa’s new 16-day statewide early teal season beginning Sept. 6 will provide waterfowlers an opportunity to hunt this fast flying early migrant before it leaves for the winter.

This is a three-year experimental season timed to take advantage of the peak migration through Iowa. Iowa hunters will be evaluated for their ability to identify teal and avoid nontarget species.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has a webpage just for the special September teal season at www.iowadnr.gov/teal.

For avid waterfowler Chet Galetich, the season can’t get here soon enough.

“I was pretty excited to hear about it,” said Galetich, 36, from Urbandale. “What I’m looking forward to most is the season will take place when the weather is nice, that will allow me to take my 6-year-old son out when it’s more comfortable, and we can start making memories.”

Galetich has been hunting ducks and geese since his high school days in Madrid and thinks the special teal season has the potential to bring new hunters to the sport.

“Basically you can go out and buy a dozen decoys, set up on some shallow water and be teal hunting,” he said. “And they decoy really easy, which is nice.”

Preseason scouting is a great opportunity for hunters to improve their duck identification skills, said Al Hancock, waterfowl research technician with the Iowa DNR.

“Teal prefer wetlands with less than a foot of water with a mix of vegetation or wetland complexes with shallow water and mudflats,” Hancock said. “Preseason scouting can help hunters to locate good areas by observing where teal are flying, feeding and loafing in wetlands.”

Galetich said he plans to scout his hunting areas soon to get them ready for the season.

“When the teal come in, you get a lot of shooting,” he said. “It’s kind of fast and furious when they’re around. It’s fun.”

The special September teal season has different shooting hours than regular waterfowl seasons. Shooting hours are from sunrise to sunset.

Only blue-winged, green-winged and cinnamon teal are legal. No other duck species may be harvested.

The daily bag limit is six, with a possession limit of 18 teal, combined.

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